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Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Lindon Barrett

Abstract

This book is the unfinished manuscript of literary and cultural theorist Lindon Barrett, who died in 2008. The study offers a genealogy of how the development of racial blackness within the mercantile capitalist system of Euro-American colonial imperialism was constitutive of Western modernity. The book explores the complex transnational systems of economic transactions and political exchanges foundational to the formation of modern subjectivities. In particular, the book traces the embodied and significatory violence involved in the development of modern nations. Masterfully connecting histor ... More

Keywords: transnational systems, racial blackness, colonial imperialism, Western modernity, racial slavery, post-Enlightenment modernity, African American writers, African American intellectuals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038006
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindon Barrett, author